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BEN COPE T H E WO R L D T HROU G H HIS EYES

Writer Madeline Rosene @madelinerosene

“…the artist has eyes and hands, which are perhaps more artistic than his intentions and refuse to aim at photography alone.” This Wassily Kandinsky quote sums up photographer Ben Cope’s approach to art and photography. In fact, he has a slightly reworked version of it tattooed on his right arm. Ben sees a bigger picture than most and it’s full of people to dance and meet eyes with through the lens. It might sound cliché, but the world is Ben Cope’s canvas. Inside Ben Cope’s home and photography studio in Downtown Los Angeles you’ll find guitars and amplifiers, photo equipment, art books, sculptures, and just about anything else that requires a creative mind. “That’s a photo of Kris Kidd and that’s Sara Cummings.” Ben pointed at the photos of his friends on the wall. “I am interested in people’s emotions…I just want to grab the moments that you can’t ask for. That’s my inspiration. I want to try to get a part of the person while I’m shooting.”

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LEFAIR Magazine Fall 2017